Severino Stung by Long Ball. King Blows Save. ChiSox 6 NY 5

Luis Severino didn’t have his crisp fastball, and was rocked for 3 homers and 4 runs, but he soldiered through 5 innings and actually left with a 5-4 lead and chance to win the game.

But Michael King uncharacteristically blew the save, allowing a 2-run homer to Eloy Jimenez in the 7th, in the first game of a double header at Yankee Stadium.

The game was supposed to be played the night before, but was rescheduled as the 1st game of a doubleheader, start time 4pm, due to the nasty smoke in the air the night before due to the Canadian wildfires.

“He was kind of grinding out there. I thought the compete was really good and he found his way there and was settled in by the 4th and 5th,” said manager Aaron Boone about Severino afterwards. “He found his fastball in the 2nd inning, but in the 3rd inning it was not as strong. I thought his compete and execution and use of the changeup were all really good to get through 5. Probably not as crisp and not getting some chases with his slider, but I thought he managed his way around some things. Obviously a couple of big swings hurt him.”

1. Severino Soldiers Thru

Luis Severino was ripped in the 1st inning of his last start, and this time didn’t have his crisp fastball, but soldiered through. He walked a batter then allowed a 2-run homer to DH Jake Burger in the 2nd for a 2-0 Chicago lead.

The Yankees tied it 2-2 in the 3rd, but Severino immediately gave back the lead — allowing a solo homer to centerfielder Luis Robert Jr. leading off the 4th.

Severino allowed a homer to 3rd baseman Yoan Moncada two batters later and it was 4-2 Chicago.

After that Severino pitched a shutout 4th and 5th inning.

2. Yankee Secondary Hitters Rip Lynn

The Yankee secondary hitters did the damage against White Sox starter and former Yankee Lance Lynn.

Down 2-0, the Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd, when with 2 outs, rookie Billy McKinney — just called up from AAA where he had been ripping the ball — ripped a triple to center.

Kyle Higashioka followed with a double to right for a run, and Willie Calhoun singled to left to make it 2-2.

3. Calhoun HR Ties It in 4th

Down 4-2 in the 4th, Kyle Higashioka reacked on a 1-out infield single, and Willie Calhoun hit a 378-foot homer to center. NY 4 Chicago 4.

The Yankees gave Severino the lead in the bottom of the 5th, when Jake Bauers got a 1-out double and Oswaldo Cabrera came thru with a 2-out single to left. NY 5 Chicago 4.

3. Burger King

Jimmy Cordero and Wandy Peralta combined for a shutout 6th, and Michael King was brought in for the 7th. But King was off his game at the start — an immediate double by Luis Robert Jr. and then the homerun to Jimenez and just like that it was 6-5 Chicago.

It was ironic as numbers had just come across the wire and were being talked about how the Yankee bullpen led all of MLB in most important categories:

King got the next 2 outs and then faced Burger — which induced Burger – King Whopper comments. King got Burger out.

King pitched a shutout 8th and Tommy Kahnle pitched a shutout 9th but the damage was done.

4. Yankee 9th Inning Rally Fizzles

Josh Donaldson worked a terrific walk to lead off the 9th off Kendall Graveman, after being down 1-2. He was pinch run for by Anthony Volpe, and then Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked — putting the Yankees speediest baserunners on with nobody out and down a run.

Some thought the Yanks might double steal with Gleyber Torres up — best case both guys steal and you have 2nd and 3rd nobody out; worst case the runner gets thrown out at 3rd but you still have tying run at 2nd with 1 out. But NY didn’t and Gleyber — after ‘just missing’ a shot down the right field line foul by 10 feet — popped up to 1st.

Anthony Rizzo then grounded into a double play for the old ballgame.

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